Thunberg, who was selected as Time's Person of the Year for 2019, has returned to Davos, Switzerland, this week to press her call for businesses, world leaders and others to take action in the face of scientific evidence showing that temperatures on Earth are rising.
"When we talk about the European Union, one of the challenges is some of these issues are really only a couple of countries, but I think, as you know, because of the European Union we can't negotiate these things on a bilateral basis", he said. After Trump specified the USA had actually dedicated to signing up with the one trillion tree effort, Thunberg addressed back that repairing the environment crisis was not nearly trees. She is now in Davos Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she has been speaking against negative climate change.
Vanessa Nakate has been a climate change activist since 2018.
Her demand for an immediate halt to investment in fossil fuels also prompted a stingingly personal aside from US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin yesterday.
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"Who is she? I'm confused", the treasury secretary jested.After a brief pause, he clarified, "It was a joke".
Social media users have come out in support of Ugandan climate advocate Vanessa Nakate after she was cropped out of a photograph taken with her white peers in Davos. "Obviously, those demands have been completely ignored".
But either by accident or design, there was no meeting between Trump and Thunberg at the forum. "If we had been careful we couldn't do what we do. Does that pose a threat to United States economic growth?" a reporter asked Mnuchin. "We put ourselves in the spotlight", she added.
"And of course there they are, all her generation, almost my grandchildren if you know what I mean, all desperate because not nearly enough has happened".
When asked about Thunberg's call for public and private sector investors to divest from fossil fuel companies, Mnuchin responded with a flippant "Who?" Africa is the least emitter of carbons, but we are the most affected by the climate crisis.You erasing our voices won't change anything.
He added that "we can't waste any more time".